23 June 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 13 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 2 8 Amazing Grace  – Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
3 8 5 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack
4 3 6 Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress  – Hollies
5 6 4 Samson and Delilah  – Middle of the Road
6 4 16 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
7 10 4 Come What May (aka Aprés Toi)  – Vicky Leandros
8 5 16 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
9 9 6 Too Beautiful to Last  – Engelbert Humperdinck
10 7 15 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
11 12 4 Puppy Love  – Donny Osmond
12 15 3 Radancer  – Marmalade
13 New 1 Feels Like a Woman  – Troggs
14 11 16 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
15 20 2 I Need Someone  – Alan Garrity
16 17 16 Without You  – Nilsson
17 19 2 Pretty Maid  – Tony Marshall
18 13 10 Day After Day  – Badfinger
19 New 1 Someday Never Comes  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 New 1 Song Sung Blue  – Neil Diamond

Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ moved into second place on its own for weeks spent at number 1 as it ticked over to 9 weeks at the top of the chart. This had been managed in a run of 5 weeks, then after a break of 1 week, it returned to number 1 and had been there for 4 weeks so far. Only Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ which managed 12 weeks, was ahead of it. The song which had interrupted ‘Beautiful Sunday’s chart topping run, ‘Amazing Grace by The Pipes and Drums And The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, had now spent 4 weeks at 2 and had been unable to dethrone Daniel Boone again. Boone’s number 1 brought the weeks at 1 total for British acts to 160.

The biggest climbers this week were Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Alan Garrity’s ‘I Need Someone’ which both moved up 5 places to land at 3 and 15 respectively. It was Flack’s first time with the award and Garrity’s 3rd. There were no other star raters this week.

Badfinger picked up their second faller of the week award as ‘Day After Day’ dropped 5 from 13 to 18. Their previous time with the award had been with ‘No Matter What’.

The 4 songs that had been the oldest on last week’s chart were all still in the top 20. These were The Rising Sons’ ‘How Do You Do’, Paul Simon’s ‘Mother And Child Reunion’, Chicory Tips’ ‘Son Of My Father’ and Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ which were all on 16 weeks.

There were 3 songs which left the chart this week, the first of which was Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ which had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 8. This would be Young’s only foray into our charts.

The New Seekers’ ‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’ lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 10 which was 1 week less than their previous hit, ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ but had the same peak position. This brought to an end their SA chart career with 3 songs to their name, 38 weeks and a best peak of 2 that their first SA chart hit, ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’, managed.

Last to go was The Mom and Dads’ ‘The Rangers Waltz’ which managed 7 weeks in the charts and a peak of 12. Like Neil Young, they only had 1 SA chart hit.

The Troggs returned to the charts after a gap of 63 weeks. Their new one was ‘Feels Like A Woman’ which was their 10th hit to make our charts. They were the 9th act so far to reach double figures for hits. In the UK, the song was actually the b-side to ‘Everything’s Funny’ which did not chart there nor in the US. ‘Feels Like A Woman’ was described by Julian Cope as “the most rock-bottom, garage-y Sabbath sludge fest festooned and informed by everything that made The Troggs so damn brilliant and beautiful” (Read review at Head Heritage Website). It topped the LM Radio charts for 2 weeks in August 1972.

The Troggs would have been equal with Creedence Clearwater Revival for hits if the latter did not also have a new entry this week. ‘Someday Never Comes’ was CCR’s 11th hit to date. They made it to number 25 in the US with this song, but it didn’t chart in the UK. In Holland it made number 12 and spent 3 weeks atop of the LM Radio Charts. Creedence were 1 of 15 acts so far that had spent at least 1 week at every position on the top 20 and 1 of only 2 to have managed 2 weeks in every position with Tom Jones being the only other act to manage this so far.

The last of the new entries, ‘Song Sung Blue’ the 8th hit to chart by Neil Diamond, was also a milestone as it meant he had now spent at least 1 week in the chart in every year from 1969 to 1972. The song was loosely based on Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 and gave Diamond his 2nd US number 1 (after ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’). It also topped the Swiss and Zimbabwean Charts, made number 2 in Norway, 3 in Holland and 5 in Belgium. However, it was the only one of the new entries this week that did not top the LM Radio charts, it stalled at number 2 there. As songwriter of this, Diamond joined Robin Gibb in tied 9th place on the list of hits by songwriters as this was his 12th to chart in SA.

Nilsson’s ‘Without You’ moved up 1 place from 17 to 16 and this was the 8th time in its chart run that it had changed the direction it was moving in. This equalled the record to date which The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me had managed.

The US and UK shared the top spot for number of hits as Creedence and Diamond added 2 to the total for US acts while The Troggs added 1 to the UK’s tally so that both nations had now given us 315 hits each.

With The Hollies, The Troggs and Creedence all having had 10 or more hits, this was the 9th occasion we had seen 3 or more acts with 10 or more hits under their belts on the chart in the same week. If one counts the number of consecutive week runs with 3 or more such acts in the charts, then this was the 6th such run with only 1 of the previous runs seeing the number climb to 4. This was the first time though that we had 3 acts who had reached the 100 weeks in the chart mark in the top 20 and these were the same 3 mentioned above who had reached 10 hits.

Of the 3 centurions, it was only The Troggs who moved up the weeks count list as their 106 put the tied 3rd with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Hollies were unmoved in 6th place on 104. Engelbert Humperdinck moved tied 13th with Chris Andrews. They both had 82 weeks to their names.

The Rising Sons moved 1 week ahead of Ken J. Larkin as their total moved on to 26. They were unmoved at 18 on the local weeks count list while Larkin dropped to 19th.

‘Amazing Grace’ saw its total weeks in all versions move on to 18 which put it tied 16th for songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared the spot with ‘Tchaikovsky One’ (Second City Sound and Omega Limited) and ‘I’m A Beliver’ (The Monkees and Neil Diamond).

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